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Coughlin plans to coach more, Giants agree

Tom Coughlin looks forward to today's ticker-tape parade and a couple of weeks off to reflect on the Giants' second championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for defending the title.

The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now.

"I mean, it's what I do," Coughlin said Monday morning, hours after New York beat the Patriots 21-17 in the Super Bowl. "So the alternative I've never really given it a whole lot of consideration. (Just coach) as long as I can."

Coughlin could be around for a while after his second title as a head coach (he also won a ring as a Giants assistant in 1990). He signed a contract extension in July that runs through next season, but the Giants could revisit that deal after the franchise's fourth Super Bowl win.

"I don't fish, I don't golf," Coughlin said. "My wife keeps telling me, 'You better have something to do, buddy boy. If you think you're going to hang around here, you're crazy.' "

Giants chief executive John Mara said it's safe to say the team wants Coughlin to return.

"He might be 65, but he's got the energy of somebody quite younger than that," he said.

The parade in lower Manhattan is scheduled today.

"If you're any kind of historian, and you do have any recollection of this parade, the 'Parade of Champions' if you will, the 'Canyon of Heroes' — I remember John Mara looking at me and saying, 'You don't want to miss this now," Coughlin said of a talk with Mara in 2008 after their first title win over the Patriots.

After the parade, a rally is scheduled at Met Life Stadium. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is among those expected to attend.

GISELE'S GRIPE: The Patriots say there's no finger-pointing after their loss, even if supermodel Gisele Bundchen won't abide by that code.

QB Tom Brady's wife was caught on camera complaining that dropped passes doomed New England.

Late in the game, usually dependable WR Wes Welker dropped a pass that went off his hands; Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch also had trouble coming up with catches. Bundchen was caught on video by TheInsider.com responding to a heckler after the game by saying, "My husband cannot … throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time."

Brady was not available for comment Monday. But DB James Ihedigbo says Welker was a big reason the Patriots made the Super Bowl, and he's not to blame for the loss.

"You can't point fingers at anybody. Wes made amazing plays all season," Ihedigbo said.

RATINGS RISE: For the third consecutive year, the Super Bowl set a record as the most-watched television show in U.S. history.

The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 111.3 million people watched Sunday night on NBC. That narrowly beat the 111 million who watched Green Bay's win over Pittsburgh last year.

The Patriots' last-second heave that fell incomplete in the end zone had the biggest audience of any play in the game, according to the digital video recorder maker Tivo. Nielsen said 117.7 million people were watching during the last half an hour.

The past three Super Bowls, including the 2010 New Orleans-Indianapolis game, and the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983 are the only programs to exceed 100 million viewers in U.S. television history.

ODDS AND ENDS: Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Josh McDaniels will be the offensive coordinator next season. He replaces Bill O'Brien, who was hired to coach Penn State. … Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Cincinnati and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus $104 in court costs.

Coughlin plans to coach more, Giants agree 02/06/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 6, 2012 10:51pm]

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